Counseling needed for coffee

August 11, 2008 5:18:19 AM PDT
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police officer has been suspended for 15 months for demanding free coffee and baked goods from six different Starbucks.

Officer Barbara Nevers, a 14-year veteran, has also been ordered to undergo counseling.

The Police Board ruled that Nevers intimidated Starbucks employees by screaming at them and flashing her badge, handcuffs or gun when they wanted her to pay.

Nevers' attorney says her client never used her job to demand coffee.

She says some coffeehouses gave it to her for free because she was an officer.